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1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 123-124
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Each year, more research, information, and experience on the training ground and the fireground lead to a better understanding of the modern residential firefight. There is much “real estate” between the so-called “aggressive” interior attack and “surround and drown.” Identifying this real estate and learning how to occupy it is ...read more...

Instructor
Peter Van Dorpe
Fire Chief
Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This program is for any officer, someone wanting to become an officer, or chief officer who has to give a company or department-wide drill. Presented are methods and tricks to help facilitate an informative and well-prepared drill. This required task can be daunting and frightening to firefighters and fire officers ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Dugan
Captain (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The principles of fire dynamics and fire ventilation are important for fighting fires in buildings. The balance between rescue operations and fire extinguishment is a tactical necessity and is directly linked to these principles. Estimating the burning regime and performing proper fire ventilation are essential for safe operations on the ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Reick
Regional Fire Chief/Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Regional Government, Eislingen, Germany
Germany

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
A presentation of the events of January 23, 2005, in the Bronx, New York, in which six firefighters where trapped and forced to jump out of a four-story tenement.The instructor, one of those firefighters, gives a step-by-step description of the operations that day and what led ...read more...
Instructor
Eugene Stolowski
Firefighter
Fire Department City of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

There is a better way to do the job: Deliver a proven foam concentrate with your water. Foams, especially those for Class A fires, are becoming more popular but yet are often misunderstood. This class addresses the basics you should know about purchasing, delivering, and using ...read more...

Instructor
Shawn Oke
Chief
Albemarle (NC) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class focuses on viewing dramatic videos and photos depicting moments captured on the fireground that illustrate how firefighters' aggressive actions can lead to danger and interfere with the task at hand, leaving firefighters at risk for injury or death. Scene command, accountability, incident ...read more...

Instructor
David Traiforos
Chief (Ret.) Fire Training Instructor
NIPSTA Training Academy in Glenview, IL
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class takes attendees through all things associated with fire service saws. Learn industry best practices when it comes to proper maintenance of these expensive tools. Discussion includes the pros and cons of saw and blade combinations and proper safe application when working on the fireground, ...read more...

Instructor
Seth Taylor
Captain
Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on strategies and tactics for responding to fires in big box stores and commercial buildings, including taxpayers and office buildings. These structures are becoming increasingly common in all types of communities, whether served by career, volunteer, or combination departments. Unfortunately, many departments have ...read more...

Instructor
Aaron Heller
Captain
Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire District #9
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on responding to, operating at, and returning from a building collapse incident. This interactive class will enable attendees to share their company policies and procedures. Audiovisuals augment the discussion. Attendees are guided in how to develop policies and procedures, including accomplishing ...read more...

Instructor
John Tew
(Ret) Rescue 4 Firefighter
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class examines fire behavior as it relates to fire attack. It connects the intellectual dots and identifies skills that every engine company should possess. In addition, it connects our history and experience to the lab-testing environment of today. It points out that the major disconnect ...read more...

Instructor
Aaron Fields
Firefighter
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class discusses the presence and effects of complacency in the fire service and how and why we must combat it. Tips on the readiness of attitude and equipment are offered for the engine and truck company, rapid intervention team, and incident commander. Many factors have ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Riley
Captain/Past Chief
Kentland (MD) Volunteer Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Sagamore 3-4-5
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The toughest and most critical decisions you make in your career typically revolve around committing to an interior attack or choosing another route. Seasoned officers know the difference between "We can get it" and "It's lost." You should, too. Using a simple framework that allows you ...read more...

Instructor
Mike Gagliano
Captain
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Having reliable communications on the fireground is critical to the safety of all firefighters on scene. Dependable communications start when your shift starts. It begins with the daily check of your radio and progresses throughout the shift. This presentation addresses all aspects of fireground communications--everything from ...read more...

Instructor
Jaime Reyes
Captain
Plano (TX) Fire Rescue
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 1-2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This flashover occurred at a rapidly advancing dwelling fire. Conditions at this dwelling fire changed, and the signs of a pending flashover were not easily seen during the vent-enter-isolate-search. Transitional attack, bailout, situational awareness, and firefighter physical fitness are among the topics covered. This class is ...read more...

Instructor
Jonathan Rigolo
Captain
Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 3-4
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Compulsive hoarding disorder is a growing problem facing firefighters worldwide. The number of people afflicted with this disorder has been steadily climbing over the past years. Very little research has been done from a fire attack perspective. Traditionally, many firefighters use the mentality of “we won't ...read more...

Instructor
Ryan Pennington
Lieutenant Paramedic
Charleston (WV) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This focus in on the common and uncommon hazards to consider when fighting fires in abandoned buildings. In recent years, this problem that once plagued only the urban firefighter now is confronting suburban and rural firefighters as well. Many areas are covered, from the typical types ...read more...
Instructor
Bryan Emenecker
Captain
Camden City Fire Dept
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Access to what is going on in the international fire service community has grown over the years. We see videos from all over the world daily, and the amount of international literature has grown over the years. Comparing fire services from around the world, one can ...read more...

Instructor
Stefan Svensson
Associate Professor/Crew commander
Lund University, Sweden
Sweden
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on the tactical challenges associated with structures built on hillsides. Arriving to find a two-story single family on side A that transverses to five stories on side C can dramatically affect your operation and firefighter safety. Fireground-proven solutions and innovative recommendations ranging from ...read more...

Instructor
Danny Doyle
Lieutenant
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire / Traditions Training
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Not every department has a dedicated truck or support company. The problem is that every fire requires that those functions be performed. Departments should embrace the opportunity to bring together a group of personnel to provide these skills. With a little coordination and perseverance, you will ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Garniewicz
Captain/EMT
Bluffton Township Fire District
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Sagamore 3-4-5
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The mission-critical incident actions for engine and truck companies at residential fires is the focus. The "must-have" roles and responsibilities for each uni are highlighted, and the elements that are imperative to employ an efficient and effective fire attack are honed. Successful fire attack dictates a ...read more...

Instructor
Dan Shaw
Deputy Chief
Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department / Traditions Training, LLC
United States
Instructor
Doug Mitchell, Jr.
Captain
Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Is it time to rethink your rural water supply operations? Are you putting more effort into shuttling water to a fire than putting out the fire? Do you find that you are running out of water at the most inopportune times at your fires? Perhaps it ...read more...

Instructor
James Burnham
Deputy Chief/Training Officer
Shelburne (MA) Fire District
United States


1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Curtis Massey will be joined by special guest speaker Roger Sakowich, Fire Department of New York Manhattan Borough commander, who was the incident commander on the Trump Tower Fire, April 7, 2018. This fire, as well as other recent notable fatal high-rise fires in London and ...read more...

Instructor
Curtis Massey
Founder
Massey Emergency Management
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Approximately 95% of civilian fire deaths occur in the residential setting. This should be our bread and butter. Yet many departments are plagued with a passive search culture because of poor standard operating guidelines, overcautious safety concerns, and poor training. This class makes a case that ...read more...

Instructor
Grant Schwalbe
Lieutenant
Estero (FL) Fire Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Inspired by the tragic loss of two firefighters in an intentionally set fire at a McDonald's Restaurant in Houston, Texas, on Valentine's Day, 2000, this class takes the audience "behind the counter" and "above the ceiling tiles" for a first-hand look at the building construction and ...read more...
Instructor
Joseph Knitter
Chief
South Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

In any department, large fires in large buildings eventually bring lots of resources. However, in every one of those fires, a single crew, usually an engine, arrived first. Often, the ability of this first-arriving crew to attack the fire effectively is downplayed because it is all ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Langlois
Captain
Omaha Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Because of the quest for energy-efficient, lightertweight, and lowertcost building materials, there has been a dramatic increase of the use of plastics and polystyrene products in building construction. These products can be found in the walls, roofs, attic spaces, and decorative exterior portions of all types ...read more...

Instructor
Clark Lamping
Captain
Clark County (NV) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
An in-depth look at high-rise firefighting from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) perspective. The FDNY has been tracking high-rise fires closely for many years. Attendees journey through a history of FDNY’s evolution of high-rise firefighting, including lessons learned from some of the iconic fires ...read more...
Instructor
John Ceriello
Captain
Fire Department of New York
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Fighting fire in a commercial occupancy is different from fighting fire in a single-family dwelling. Whether you are the incident commander, the first-due officer, or a firefighter, you need to understand the differences in construction, fire behavior, and resource needs. Size-up basics and common issues inherent ...read more...

Instructor
Katherine Ridenhour
Battalion Chief (Ret)
Aurora (CO) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
While most firefighters believe building and fire codes should be working in our favor, the reality is that in some cases they work against us. This class explores a variety of code provisions that can prove deadly on the fireground, including the role of antiquated laboratory ...read more...
Instructor
Glenn Corbett
Associate Professor
John Jay College/CUNY
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

There are many tactics for attacking structure fires. For years, the fire service has been preaching to attack from the unburned side. This isn't always the best tactic. The modern fireground is evolving more than ever before. Introducing research that enhances the procedures, students ...read more...

Instructor
Sean Gray
Captain
Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 3-4
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The hazards and challenges in combating fires in fire resistive residential buildings and how building features affect fire operations is the focus. Attendees "respond"  to the alarm,  size up, and participate in the selection of tactical considerations for fire attack. Engine and truck operations, coordinated ventilation, ...read more...

Instructor
George Healy
Deputy Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class enlightens while providing a detailed, realistic agenda that pertains to surviving the fireground. Defining and committing to interior operations, fireground situational awareness, fireground survival policies, preventing and surviving Maydays, staffing and fireground survival, fighting fires in conventional and lightweight construction, fuel loads and turbulent ...read more...

Instructor
Mike Mason
Lieutenant
Downers Grove (IL) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

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